You also make a special promise never to “strive or ambition” for a high office in the Jesuits or in the church.
“Sure,” said the younger male eagerly, his eyes bright with ambition.
Rage shares that ambition, even though its release is gimmicky.
But only with women is ambition treated as something shameful.
So it's less about the degree and more about ambition and drive.
In yourself, in Polypes, there is an ambition to cease to be one.
No ambition, no temptation, lures her to thought of foreign dominions.
Vanity was really his other name, and ambition with him knew no bounds.
She had won her ambition of years, revenge on the man who had sent her to prison.
He hoped to arm against the ambition of Rome all the barbarous nations his neighbours, whose liberty she threatened.
mid-14c., from Middle French ambition or directly from Latin ambitionem (nominative ambitio) "a going around," especially to solicit votes, hence "a striving for favor, courting, flattery; a desire for honor, thirst for popularity," noun of action from past participle stem of ambire "to go around" (see ambient).
Rarely used in the literal sense in English, where it carries the secondary Latin sense of "eager or inordinate desire of honor or preferment." In early use always pejorative, of inordinate or overreaching desire; ambition was grouped with pride and vainglory.